A few Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge maintenance projects are underway in Tate County and Commissioner John Caldwell of the Northern Transportation District recently provided status updates on their progress.
A $52.5 million project to replace four bridges on Interstate 55 at Hickahala Creek is making advancement, according to Caldwell. He said the project includes construction of new northbound bridges over Hickahala Creek and Hickahala relief area. The bridges are being built on a new alignment.
Crews from W.G. Yates & Son Construction Company in Memphis are currently clearing vegetation and performing earthwork along the new alignment. They are also driving sheet pile for retaining walls and have begun drill shafts for the Hickahala Creek Bridge.
Once the new bridges are complete and open to northbound traffic, southbound traffic will be realigned to the existing northbound bridges. Crews will then demolish the existing southbound bridges and replace them. Once the new southbound bridges are complete and open for traffic, the existing northbound bridges will be demolished.
The project is estimated to be complete during spring of 2022.
Two bridges on State Route 3 are being built on a new alignment. The bridges will replace two existing steel girder bridges built in the 1950s over Arkabutla and Strayhorn Creeks.
The $9.7 million project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company of Lake, Miss., and is estimated to be complete in the summer of 2021.